Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.This post is sponsored by Explore Cuisine. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

Hello from New Jersey! I’m at Joe’s mom’s place for the weekend so there’s no meal prepping for the week ahead going on for me today (or, honestly, any Sunday in the summer). However if you’re planning to get busy in the kitchen today, I highly suggest you whip up a big batch of this mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash. Store the leftover pesto in the fridge and enjoy it spread on toast, roasted veggies and pastas all week long. Bonus: this recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.

Be sure to scroll down after you check out the recipe—I’ve got a delicious giveaway for you today!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan. This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

This recipe would work with any pasta or pasta alternative you choose, but I highly recommend you give Explore Cuisine‘s Edamame Spaghetti a try. We love it in our apartment! Joe is skeptical of everything and kept asking me, “What’s in this? Why is it so good?” but it’s just made with one simple ingredient: organic edamame. Not only is it easy to cook with (same texture as regular spaghetti), but it’s high in fiber (11g per serving) and protein (24g per serving), vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and organic. If you have a gluten allergy or just otherwise are looking for a pasta alternative, give Explore Cuisine a try!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Yield: 4 servings

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Ingredients

  • 8 oz edamame spaghetti (1 box of Explore Cuisine)
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mint Pesto:*
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Wash the produce. Remove ends of the squash and zucchini and slice into 1/4" rounds. If large in diameter, cut the rounds in half. Remove the mint and basil leaves from their stems. Peel and mince two of the cloves of garlic (to be used with the squash).
  2. While the water comes to a boil, make the pesto. Place all listed pesto ingredients and half the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Slowly add in the remaining olive oil as you process until you reach the desired consistency. Set the pesto aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. As you wait, heat 1/2-1tbsp of olive oil on a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in the minced garlic and stir until fragrant and the garlic just starts to turn golden in color. Add in the squash and zucchini and sauté for 4-6 mins (until soft, but not mushy). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. You don't want to add the salt while the squash cooks or it'll get too watery.
  4. When the water boils, add in the edamame spaghetti. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain. For al dente texture, I like to run it under cold water while I strain.
  5. Add spaghetti to pan with squash and mix together. Add on the pesto. Enjoy!

Notes

*I usually don't use all the pesto and have some leftover which I store in the refrigerator and enjoy spread on toast the next day. 🙂

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This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

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This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Big thanks to Explore Cuisine for sponsoring this giveaway! In addition to their Edamame Pasta, I was sent a beautiful Pastaiola Pasta Set from Lagostina in which to cook this recipe and I absolutely love it! You can follow Explore Cuisine on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

This creamy dairy-free chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but vegan. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.I’ve got a two-part recipe to share with you guys in preparation for Cinco de Mayo next week. Today we’ve got this incredible dairy-free chipotle sauce (seriously it’s delicious) and on Tuesday we’ve got tacos using this vegan aioli wonder. I typically never line up my blog’s content with calendar holidays because I’m a disorganized hot mess so let’s just all take a moment to appreciate the seasonality and relevancy of today’s post. *pats self on back*

Tacos, burritos, nachos–all perfect matches for this vegan chipotle aioli sauce. But it also makes for an unreal dip for french fries or homemade potato wedges. And if you’re looking to assemble a Buddha bowl with a flavor kick, try drizzling it over your favorite roasted veggies and grains. Clearly there are tons of uses and it’ll keep well in the refrigerator all week. If you’re meal prepping this weekend, add this recipe to your list!

This creamy chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but without the dairy. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

Yield: roughly 1 c

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp of the adobo sauce
  • 2/3 c raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (juice from about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (optional--increases the creamy texture)

Instructions

  1. Cover the cashews in filtered water in an airtight container and soak overnight. If you're in a pinch for time, cover with boiling water and let soak (uncovered) for an hour. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or quality blender until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. If too thick, add a little more almond milk.
  3. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/04/30/dairy-free-chipotle-sauce/
This creamy chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but without the dairy. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.Flavorful sauces and the right seasoning combinations can completely transform a meal. I’m by no stretch of the imagination a trained cook, but over the years I’ve come to realize that. I mentioned The Flavor Bible in a past My Favorite Things post (I have the Vegetarian version), and it’s been so helpful in creating sauces (like this dairy-free chipotle sauce!) and spice combos that actually work with the ingredients I have. It’s seriously become my holy grail in the kitchen. Highly recommend it to any other aspiring home chefs. 🙂
This creamy dairy-free chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but vegan. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.

Stay tuned for Tuesday’s taco recipe! It was a huge hit in my apartment–granted that’s comprised of two people, but Joe is ridiculously picky so he carries a lot of weight. That’s what I tell myself anyway …

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

A year and a half ago, I shared a recipe for a dairy-free creamy almond garlic sauce and today I want to show you one of my favorite ways to use it. Spiralized zucchini noodles FTW! These almond garlic zoodles with roasted broccoli make for a flavorful, healthy dinner or lunch. Sharing this recipe was also a great opportunity to go back and update the photography in the old sauce post–man has my understanding of lighting improved in the last couple years!

While the broccoli roasts, you’ll make the sauce on the stovetop so that everything can be mixed together at the end. From start to finish, it usually takes me 35-40 minutes to make this dish.

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner. Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 2-4 servings depending on how hungry you are

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Ingredients

  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (1 for roasting broccoli, 1 for sauce)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While oven preheats, spiralize your zucchini. Gently pat the zoodles with a paper towel to remove excess water. Set aside.
  2. Cut florets off broccoli head. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a pan (I like to line pan with parchment paper to make clean-up easier. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  3. While broccoli roasts, prepare the almond garlic sauce: DIRECTIONS.
  4. During the final few minutes of the sauce simmering and reducing, add in the zoodles to the pan. Stir until completely coated and cook for 2-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want the zoodles. I typically only cook them a couple minutes until they're warmed through but not too soft.
  5. Stir in the broccoli and enjoy.
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Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

If you do Meatless Monday, this would be a great dish to make tomorrow (or any day). You can also customize by adding veggies of your choice to the roasting pan. I love this sauce in Buddha bowls as well: quinoa or brown rice, all my favorite roasted veggies, and almond garlic sauce smothering the whole yummy thing.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Mine has been uncharacteristically productive. Grocery shopping, workouts, apartment cleaning, getting ahead on work, cooking–who am I?! AN ADULT?! *gasp*